Rajasthan is a land of opportunities embedded in its vast mineral resources; close proximity to the northern and western markets of India; educated and skilled labour force; and investor-friendly attitude of the State Government. A variety of crops grown in the green belts of Rajasthan, and the traditional skills of the people can be harnessed by the investors for expanding their business unit in the State. Thus, it is the right place for companies all over the world to invest their capital for making profits.
The State has shown significant spurt in industrial activity, based on the exploitation of its agriculture and rich mineral deposits. It is manufacturing a wide range of products, which include synthetic and cotton yarn, cement, marble and granite slabs, edible oils, chemicals, rubber and plastic based items, fertilizers, electrical and electronics goods, ceramic and glass, etc. In addition, its diverse and beautiful landscape has made tourism in the State, a preferred sector for investment.
Rajasthan is blessed with varied climatic conditions ranging from arid western region to humid south eastern region, such that it is able to produce a wide variety of products from arid fruit beer to scented rice. It is a leading producer of mustard, bajra, barley, maize, cotton and spices. It has a large livestock population. The State alone contributes 50 percent towards country's seed spices production. It, being a pre-dominantly agrarian State with about 70 per cent of the total population depending on it, offers numerous opportunities for development of agro-based industries. These industries include solvent extraction, oleo- resins, kinnow/ orange juice, malt extracts, floriculture, mushrooms, tomato processing as well as other processing industries based on fruits and vegetables. Industries based on herbal and medicinal plants, poultry products and non edible oil have bright export prospects.
Rajasthan is famous for its exotic beauty, rich cultural heritage, wild life and safaris, sand dunes, lush green forests and bio-diversity. It is endowed with ancient forts, magnificent palaces, carved temples, large and small museums, art galleries, archaeological sites, etc. Some of the important places of tourist interest in the State are Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Bikaner, Mount Abu, Sariska Tiger Sanctuary in Alwar, Keoladeo National Park at Bharatpur, Ajmer, Jaisalmer, Pali and Chittorgarh. Besides, fairs and festivals of Rajasthan have assumed international prominence. All these make the State of Rajasthan a favourite destination for tourists the world over. Given this, the Government has taken several steps for promoting investment in the tourism sector. Accordingly, a tourism policy has been designed to make tourism truly a people's industry. This policy aims at ensuring optimum utilisation of rich resources of the State; generate employment; develop a ready market for the traditional handicrafts; and thus accelerate the contribution of tourism industry in socio-economic development of the State.
Information Technology (IT)
Rajasthan is one of the front-runner States in the country in the use of IT in Government functioning. The State Government is making all efforts to leverage the benefits of IT for improving the quality of life of the people. It has undertaken several steps for promoting Rajasthan as an attractive location for investment in the IT industry. Accordingly, an IT policy has been prepared, which provides a road map for the development of IT in the State. Besides, the center of Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) has been set up at Jaipur, with the mandate of promoting software exports from the country.